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intestate adj

[Latin intestatus, from in- not + testatus testate]
1 : having not made a valid will [died ]
2 : not disposed of by a valid will [ property] [an estate]
: transmitted according to statutory rules governing intestate succession
3 : of or relating to intestate succession [ laws]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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